Music is defined by the National Curriculum (2014) as follows:
‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Relating to the power of music, the Model Music Curriculum (2021) states:
‘Music connects us through people and places in our ever-changing world. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. In our schools, music can bring communities together through the shared endeavour of whole-school singing, ensemble playing, experimenting with the creative process and, through the love of listening to friends and fellow pupils, performing.’
At St. John’s, our music curriculum is designed to embody these key principles, ensuring that children are given opportunities to create, collaborate with others and celebrate their music in a supportive and enriching musical environment enabling them to experience a joy and love of music.
Through our growth mindset approach, our pupils are taught to take risks and learn from their mistakes to become resilient learners. There are many composers and musicians through history who are great examples for our pupils.
During our music lessons, the children will be given opportunities to excite, enrich and enhance their learning throughout their musical journey in primary school by listening to and appreciating music with increasing musical knowledge and terminology to express details in the music such as pitch, dynamics, timbres. They will listen to, review and evaluate the work of great composers and musicians from a range of historical periods, genres, styles, traditions and cultures. This links with our school rules and values of respect and kindness, as the children will learn about tolerance and understanding of other musical cultures and traditions.
The children will be given opportunities to explore and play a variety of tuned and untuned instruments and learn to read graphic and standard notation which can then be applied to create their own compositions. They will be given the opportunity to perform in the classroom and in the wider community, including solos, duets, small ensembles and as part of our whole school.